No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. It’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. A little over a year ago we were house hunting and looked at around twenty houses. The last house was the ugliest house that we looked at. When we pulled up to this ugly house I did not want to waste my time by going in.
When a buyer sees a house for the first time and the house hasn’t been painted for 20 years and the yard is a mess, the first thing the buyer will think is that the seller has let other maintenance items slip through the cracks also. This was our last house of the day to look at, I was tired and the house was ugly. We did go in and we were pleasantly surprised. Not so much at the appearance of the house but that the potential was there.
Spend the money it will cost to freshen up the paint. Pick the colors that not only match your neighborhood and the period your house was built but POP! Don’t paint your house turquoise unless that’s the normal for your neighborhood. A house painted turquoise in Florida is acceptable but a turquoise house in Colorado may not work in your neighborhood. You want buyers to think “Isn’t it pretty!” “It has great curb appeal, doesn’t it?” In our case the house was originally painted a sunflower color with white trim in the 1950’s. We chose to bring the house back to a softer shade of yellow with a more trendy shade of gray for the trim.
Not every house will require new paint or landscaping. We will advise you as your Realtor which improvements you may or may not need to get top dollar for your house. The Stinnett Team almost always “knows a guy” that can assist you as the seller. We have painters, plumbers and every other type of trade that you could possibly need to get your home ready to sell for top dollar.
Steve and Sherri Stinnett
C3 Real Estate Solutions